Thought i might be crazy to go out. Stayed up past 230AM working and missed the 5am roll call at 63rd. Regulars were out already. Windsorparker already had 4 in his basket, but had just lost his deadly Kastmaster. Made it out my usual 6-7AM and took a bath. Glad for it though cause the bite was ON! Left the pier with 4 after losing my tandem jigs after the first 2- retying was a biotch. Eddie showed up and began hammering 'em one after another on a shad rap. The two other anglers quickly followed suit and started killing 'em. Saw 10-15 caught before I left for work. I got my first double jumbo on the tandem jig. THAT was awesome- glad I brought the net.
Wish I coulda stayed, but work was calling and I was drenched (water in my boots). Gotta get some frog togs. I woulda never guessed it, but today was the hottest day perch fishing yet.
Fished 63rd this AM, as has been my usual this week. Hopping mad b/c the gates weren't open at 5AM (got up just to try to make the 5AM bite). Turns out most of the anglers drive around the gates - I wasn't gonna chance a ticket (that would drive up the price of my perch too much).
Perch bite was on 5AM for those fishing minnows on bottom crappie rigs. One gentleman had a basket of 12+ hefty-sized keepers. Others had 4-5. Bite was off by the time I showed up. Caught 1 on tandem jig plastics.
Bite was off for shad rap (which worked wonders yesterday in the storm). Plastics and kastmasters were also out of luck.
Think the bite died w/ the early sunrise this morning - the high and heavy sun probably drove 'em out. They were also lazier this AM. Yesterday in the storm they were hitting 'em hard and fast - hence the luck of the shad rap. This AM they were lazy and wanted minnows on a crappie rig (too bad I don't fish that way).
Will try again tomorrow, but not waste gas circling for 45 minutes until the gates open. Will sleep in and hit the pier at 6AM (despite the bite probably being off by then).